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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Human Powered Helicopter Competition

I've never heard about this, and apparently it's been an on-going competition since 1980!

"In 1980, the American Helicopter Association set up The Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition in order to stimulate innovation. $250,000 goes to the first people who invent a human-powered helicopter that can meet the following criteria…

A flight lasting 60 seconds…
…that reaches an altitude of 3 meters (9.8 ft) at least once…
…and remains in a 10 meter (32.8 ft) square.

While simple to list, these requirements are extraordinarily difficult to accomplish, an observation proven by the length of time that quarter of a million dollars has remained unwon."

Here are some students from University of Maryland that are making some big steps:

For the lazy ones, videos from the article embedded below

Altitude Record 8 ft (2.5m) 8/28/2012:

8.6 ft (2.6 m) Altitude Flight and Hard Landing:
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 07:43 PM
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I built one in my garage and fly it 25 miles to work, each way, every day.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-06-2012, 02:48 AM
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Seems practical, lol.

Gearing and minimal weight, it's what made it work...once.
What makes it work more is modern technology and stronger materials

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That's pretty damn amazing!

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